7 Days / 6 Nights
Negambo – Pinnawala – Sigiriya – Kandy – Bentota – Colombo
4 / 5
luxury level
July- Aug
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Kandy Esala Perahera Tour

This unique tour is designed to take you to heart of Sri Lankan culture with the world famous Kandy Parade. The parade of Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth is one of the most important cultural events in the Buddhist world, designed to pay homage to Buddha. The magnificent parade is a combination of hundreds of traditional dancing groups from the hill country and the low country of Sri Lanka with hundreds of magnificently decorated tuskers. Traditional aristocratic administration officials can also be seen parading with golden costumes surrounded by elephants and their ceremonial guard.

The rituals, organization and the structure of the festival comes from ancient times going back as far as 3rd century BC. You will visit the Unesco World Heritage of Sigiriya Fortress before the festival and will be retreating to the golden beaches of Bentota to recover from the hustle and Bustle of Kandy after the parade.

Special note for booking: Please make sure your start date for the tour is between 2017-08-14  to 2018-08-24 including those two days to make sure your kandy stay is inline with the Esala Perahera

Complimentary offers:

  1. Optional tour in Kandy to famous royal temples of Gadaladeniya, Lankathilake and Ambekke Temple worth 60 Euro per person
  2. Hiriwadunna village tour and lake safari including bullock cart tour across the village and jungle road and a tuk tuk adventure, worth 30 Euro per person
  3. Exotic elephant safari ride tour in Pinnawala, worth 18 Euro per person
  4. Traditional 80 minute Ayurvedic massage worth 40 Euro per person


Is this tour for me?

Travel style: luxury

You will have a private vehicle with a specialist chauffeur/ driver just for your group. In most cases this is a saloon car or a luxury mini van. If you want to take the scenic train ride in the mountains, this will also be especially reserved for you.

Service level and accommodation: luxury

Comfortable star-class accommodations are provided. Standard are double rooms to share between two people. We only house you in hotels with 3-5 star category with the highest trip-advisor and booking.com reviews.

Comfort rating: 3-4 stars

A tour that allows you to stay in highly reviewed hotels ranked in the top tier in customer service and quality. The tour is organised by putting together different highly regarded tour service providers to make your travel a pleasurable memory. You can always request our flagship hotels for more luxury and comfort.

Trip type: small private group

Small private group experience, max 16 people. When you book a tour for 2/ 4/ 6/ 12 people, you will be sharing your tour with that group only. You will not be part of a mega group rushing from one place to another.

Age requirement: 12+

Some walking and climbing steps, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Price includes :

  • We cover all costs included in your itinerary description inside Sri Lanka (no air fare)
  • Best reviewed and ranked boutique luxury hotels
  • Accommodation in shared double rooms on bed and breakfast basis in specified luxury hotels (can be upgraded on request)
  • Private luxury van, mini bus or car with an experienced driver and/ or guide with special tourist insurance
  • All government charges and taxes
  • Meals on bed and breakfast basis (can be upgraded on request)
  • Safaris with specialist jeeps and wildlife expert drivers; meals included during safaris
  • Free complementary excursions and herbal treatments, massages and lunches
  • Extras on the way such as traditional delicacies and handcraft souvenirs
  • Water and snacks on the way

Price excludes :

  • Medical/ travel insurance
  • Optional tours and activities that are not part of the
    complimentary offers that come with your package
  • Special permits including camera and video permits to
    designated sights
  • Tips and other expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees to national monuments,
    wildlife parks and other attractions that are not
    covered in your offer (can be upgraded on customer request)

Day 1: Katunayake airport/ Negombo city Click here to readmore

• Welcome at the airport by our concierge and transfer to hotel in Negombo
• Walk along the golden beaches and relax in Negombo
• Enjoy delicious seafood and taste the first Sri Lankan spices

Airport arrival:: Welcome to Sri Lanka by our concierge and transfer to the hotel
Accommodation: Paradise Beach Hotel in Negombo or similar/ Meals included: Breakfast
Transport: Transport: 15 km by special tourist coach, mini bus, van, car


Day 2: Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – Sigiriya Rock fortresses Click here to readmore

• Watch elephants taking their bath at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
• Be amazed by Sigiriya, the incredible “Fortress in the sky”, and enjoy the views from this ancient rock palace

Accommodation: Kassapa Lions Rock Hotel or similar/ Meals included: Breakfast
Transport: 190km by special tourist coach, Mini bus, van, car


Day 3: Polonnaruwa Cultural Site – Minneriya National Park, wild life safari tour Click here to readmore

• Visit Polonnaruwa, another ancient metropolis and UNESCO World Heritage site,
• Wander along the shores of the giant man-made lake bordering the ancient capital Polonnaruwa
• Enjoy a fun evening safari through the Minneriya National Park, spotting its famous elephants and incredible wildlife

Accommodation: Kassapa Lions Rock Hotel or similar/ Meals included: Breakfast
Transport: 104 km by special tourist coach, Mini bus, van, car


Day 4: P World heritage Dambulla Cave Temple – Kandy Esala Perahera Click here to readmore

1. Climb up to the Golden Rock Temple in Dambulla, the first UNESCO World Heritage site of our tour
2. Visit a spice garden, learn how the famous Sri Lankan spices are grown and then used in a spicy cooking demonstration
3. Be greeted by the city of Kandy with the great Esala Perahera festival, unequalled in Sri Lanka for its pageantry and splendor (between 17/08-2018 to 27/08-2018). Processions of elephants, musicians and dancers from the Temple of the Tooth and the four Devals, houses of the Gods, move through the streets in front of thousands of joyful spectators.

Accommodation: Earl Regent Hotel or similar/ Meals included: Breakfast
Transport: 114 km by special tourist coach, Mini bus, van, car


Day 5: Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic – Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya Click here to readmore

• Take a walk in colourful Kandy, go shopping at the authentic bazaar, visit the impressive Temple of the Tooth, one of the most important Buddhist centres in the world, or take a look at the gem museum
• Wander through the Peradeniya Botanical Garden and admire the orchids and trees in one of the most beautiful and oldest botanical gardens in South Asia

Accommodation: Earl Regent Hotel or similar/ Meals included: Breakfast
Transport: 20 km by special tourist coach, Mini bus, van, car


Day 06-07: Kandy - Bentota Beach Click here to readmore

• Visit a turtle hatchery, that protects the five types of Sri Lankan sea turtles in a global campaign to conserve the important turtle population
• Explore the stunning city of Galle – watch the cliff jumpers, have a stroll on top of the city’s fortress walls and visit the beautiful boutiques
• Indulge in the pleasures of beach life on the golden sand of Bentota. Laze on a sun deck reading a book and sip a cool fresh tropical fruit drink of pineapple, mango or banana. Truly tune out from the stresses of modern life and recharge your batteries at the seaside.

Accommodation: Avani Bentota Hotel or similar in Bentota/ Meals included: Breakfast
Transport: 188 km by tourist coach, mini bus, van, car.


Day 07: Colombo City – Shopping – Depart from Sri Lanka, (On your way to the airport) Click here to readmore

• Go shopping for batik and stunning handloom in the beautiful Barefoot Gallery in Colombo
• Enjoy the best food of Sri Lanka in one of the many excellent restaurants in the capital
• Say good-bye to Sri Lanka on your way to the airport, or leave Colombo for a relaxing beach stay

Accommodation: Meals included: Breakfast from the hotel.
Transport: : 140 km by tourist coach, mini bus, van, car.

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Notes to all travelers


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All rates are subject to change in case of sudden government charges on fuel and transport, hotel rates, entrance fees and taxes.


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Above rates are calculated at the latest available conversion rate. You will be informed about any major differences and the final tour price may be reduced or increased.


Our cancellation policy will be applicable for any reduction of rooms after the release period.


We keep our costs to absolute minimum by picking nonrefundable reservations. Therefore, all tour reservations are subject to a 100% non-cancellation policy. However we may help you to change the dates or change the tour program depending on costs and availability.


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All reservations are subject to availability at time of booking.

Reservation confirmation shall be subject to availability after your consent to confirm the room /round tour package.


The official check-in time at all hotels is 14:00. The official check-out time at all hotels is 11:00.


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Alcohol will not be served by any hotel on Poya Days (full moon) and other days prohibited by the government. Guests are advised to abide by the law at all times.
Optional excursions and additional services outside our large number of complimentary options can be provided at additional charge.
Visits to wild life parks will be at client’s own risk.

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Safari vehicles have very basic insurance cover (not as comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).

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